Aug 30, 2017
I just sat down in the last row of seats on a plane at the Dallas / Fort Worth airport.
My husband and I said good bye and good riddance to Harvey yesterday and made the long trek here by car.
Heading to Japan. So grateful. So blessed.
And so thankful for all the comments and thoughts and prayers from my quilter friends at home and in Japan.
Most of all.... I am grateful the sun is shining over parts of my city today!
Aug 29, 2017
Truly awful and not over.
My heart aches for my city. So much devastation.
Its too early to talk about recovery.... we are still in the disaster. Our levees and dams and bridges are at risk. And all the people.... and homes... its all so much.
For now, we must keep moving forward... and for me, that means going to Japan.
I have an event that was planned months ago and people are coming from cities all over Japan.
So United Airlines helped book me on a flight to Narita from Dallas. Thanks #unitedairlines
My very kind husband drove me to Dallas today.... was difficult to get out.
Tomorrow I will be on my way.
Houston will be on mind and in my prayers.
Aug 27, 2017
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Aug 24, 2017
The Japanese Tenugui is a bit of an enigma. On the one hand, you see them pretty much everywhere in Japan. On the other hand. some Tenugui are considered precious and rare works of art.
The cotton Tenugui has been a part of Japan's textile history for many centuries. The translation means hand towel.
Its infinitely practical, yet highly decorated. In fact, the "real" ones are all hand dyed using a process known as Chusen. The design is applied using stencils and a paste-resist, then steaming hot dyes are poured over the cloth. Mastering this art form takes many years of study and dedication.
Making a hand-dyed Tenugui is a painstaking process... I describe it thoroughly in my new book: "Cotton & Indigo from Japan." Want to read more, click here.
The cotton Tenugui is a type of super thin towel, originally designed to be used at bath houses. The paper thin cotton was designed to dry fast... and the Tenugui does not have any sewn edges or bulk.
Today it has many uses. One of the most obvious is as a type of head band - its worn they way this artist below is wearing his. Staff in many noodle shops and restaurants wear Tenugui on their heads.
Aug 11, 2017
This might be one of my favorite photos ever!
Six BOLTS! of fabric designed by Yoshiko Jinzenji - right here in my studio. These are her brand new designs. They're printed by Yuwa in Japan and imported by me. So I guess that makes me an official importer. Doing my bit to balance our international trade. :)
I'm bringing this fabric to you! I'll have a nice selection of Japanese quilting cottons for sale at my quilt guild lectures over the next 12 months!
|Teresa Duryea Wong with Yoshiko Jinzenji, in Kyoto.|
Spread all over the floor here are packets of new designs by Yoko Saito. Beautiful cotton hand and lovely colors! I also have lots of cotton prints and woven cottons by Yoko Saito in the taupe palette. These are beautiful too!
See you soon!